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Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business Video included

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A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

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At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h... More>>

Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush Video included

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Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ... More>>

Happy 107! Video included

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Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

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Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See Video included

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"You're outta here."

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Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum Video included

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Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "... More>>

Interim Police Chief Named for Pittsburg Video included

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The City of Pittsburg announces that Major Brent Narges has been appointed the interim police chief.  He'll take over for Mendy Hulvey who announced her retirement last month. Her last day is June 29, 2018. "Brent is a Pittsburg Police Department veteran, who understands our community and will work well with Chief Hulvey, as she transitions into retirement," says City Manager Daron Hall. "He is well-respected by our officers and community, and I appreciate his w... More>>

Carl Junction Man Arrested For Threatening Two People With A Gun

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According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday (April 18), deputies were called to 10125 County Lane 273 in Carl Junction. Deputies spoke with two women who were trying to get their dog from their neighbors yard. The women were in the 71-year-old's driveway when the man came out with a pistol threatening to shoot them for trespassing. They say the man continued the threats as they tried to explain why they were there. When a deputy arrived, he approached the man... More>>

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

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A Southeast Kansas man is free on bond following a shooting in rural Galena Thursday afternoon.  According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to residence for woman being shot.  The shooting happened after a verbal argument with a 28 year old male.  Before deputies arrived to the scene the female was taken to a Joplin hospital where she was treat for non-life threatening injuries.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-20 Video included

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BARD NOT RESIGNING A day after submitting his resignation, newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has changed his mind.  Missouri state law states felons are not eligible to be *candidates* for a local or state office.  Joshua Bard pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in Newton County in 2005.  Bard says after he talked with Joplin's city attorney, he initially decided the best decision was to submit his resignation from the city council.&nbs... More>>

Neosho School District Still Negotiating Insurance Payouts For Goodman Elementary, Kids Ready To Go Home Video included

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     We've mentioned it this week.      The original amount of insurance money for a new elementary school in Goodman...is about $2 million and change less than what district officials expected. Walking the halls of Goodman Elementary - which isn't Goodman Elementary. Callee Clapp, Goodman Elementary 1st Grader: "The school has lockers..." Lockers - that were built for 7th graders. Since the April 2017 tornado, Goodman Elementary students h... More>>

AmeriCorps Crew Teams With the Eastern Shawnee Tribe Video included

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With every pile of mulch they level, this team helps the Eastern Shawnee tribe get closer to being fully recovered from last year's flood, as well as bringing themselves closer to achieving their own dreams. "I would be a senior right now at the university of Washington, but I didn't have much of a direction. I was hoping that through this program, networking and gaining some sort of guidance" says Paul Goehring, one of the AmeriCorps workers. Paul and the A... More>>

Owner of Building Destroyed By Fire in Pittsburg is Charged With Arson

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The Crawford County Attorney filed charges today (April 18) in a Pittsburg arson case. 64-year-old Grant K. Dahmer is charged with arson. The Fire Chief says he is the owner of the building that he allegedly set fire to. April 12th, 2018: The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damag...

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Joplin City Council Member Explains Decision to Not Resign After Felony Video included

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Joplin's city attorney says the City does not do background checks on City Council candidates.

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Carthage School Adds Second Recess with Positive Results Video included

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School is all about learning and teachers are tasked with getting students of all ages prepared for state tests.  Time is often tight but despite that Columbian elementary in Carthage is giving kids a second recess every day. 

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Driver Charged In A Crash That Killed 4, Including MSSU Student

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A truck driver in a crash that killed four people, including a Joplin resident, is charged five months later. The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois. Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says 54-year-old Mohamad Y. Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped. The crash killed 19-year-old Vivan Vu (J... More>>

Columbian Elementary Pilots Second Recess

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Columbian elementary school in Carthage is giving students a second recess each day. It's a pilot program showing promising results. We hear from the principal about what prompted the effort, a teacher about how it's impacting her class and we get feedback from the kids on tonight's news. Lisa Olliges reports.  More>>

Galena, KS Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

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The Joplin Police Department responded to a crash this morning (April 19) around 9:50. Authorities say Brian R. Taylor was driving west on Murphy Blvd when he crossed the center of the road, drove off the side and hit an electronic traffic control box on the southwest corner of Murphy Blvd and Connecticut Avenue in Joplin. Taylor was taken to Freeman Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 a.m. The incident is under investigation, but authorities say it appear...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-19 Video included

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COUNCILMAN RESIGNS A newly elected Joplin City Council member steps down, due to prior drug convictions.  Joshua Bard was charged in 2005 in Newton County for "manufacturing a controlled substance".  Joplin's Mayor Gary Shaw tells us Bard's replacement will be selected by the council.  He says he hopes to start the process very soon. ARSON ARREST State investigators say the fire that destroyed a vacant house on Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County on Tues... More>>

Joplin Putting The Brakes On Downtown Parking Project - Exploring Other Options Video included

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     The City of Joplin is changing gears for downtown parking...and putting the plan on hold for now. These temporary dashes up and down Main Street are about to become more permanent. Taylor Cunningham, City of Joplin: "We're re striping Main Street, it'll stay four lanes ." Back in October, the city was looking at "reverse angle parking" for downtown, which would have reduced Main Street to two lanes and added bike lanes as well. Taylor Cunningham... More>>

Update: Joplin Council Member Rescinds Resignation After Revelations of Drug Convictions Video included

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Newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has resigned from council. Bard confirmed to KOAM that his resignation is connected to a drug conviction from 2005.  Mayor Gary Shaw tells us the council will begin accepting applications for a new council member, and that member will be selected by the council. He hopes to address the now vacant seat as early as the next meeting.   

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High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached

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"...you guys are experiencing something that has never happened before in the State of Missouri."

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Away for the Day Initiative Pushes Middle School Cellphone Ban Video included

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      An initiative called "Away for the Day" is trying to eliminate cellphones from middle schools   by providing research for parents and teachers  to get schools to ban them. 

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Plans for new "Hope Park" in Joplin Video included

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These new signs are one group's first visible step in their project of bringing east town in Joplin back to life. "One of the things that's very very important is tradition that's already been established here. This is apart of Route 66 and the original Joplin. This is where Joplin started, and there's a lot of pride in this community" says Scott Clayton, from the Dreams Committee and the Joplin area Habitat for Humanity.  The Dreams Committee has plans in the works t... More>>

Carthage Man Sentenced in $1 Million Meth Ring Video included

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A Carthage man who served time for manslaughter is now sentenced for his role in a $1 million meth distribution ring. 27-year-old Jarub Baird is sentenced to 11 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Baird plead guilty to one count conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from January 2014 to November 2016 and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Baird is among 15 defendants who have been convicted in the case, and the third defendant to be sentenc... More>>

Bourbon County Authorities Offer $10,000 Reward in Fire Case

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The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office is offering a $10,000 reward in connection to a fire at Pearson's Towing in Fort Scott, KS. The fire happened on March 21st, 2018 at Pearson's Tire (1269 Highway 54). Authorities say the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office had 13 seized vehicles there at the time of the fire. Following court proceedings, vehicles seized by the Sheriff's Office during a drug related crime are awarded to the Sheriff's Office by the Court. The Sheriff's Office will a... More>>

Insurance Might Not Cover Cost of Goodman Elementary

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The Neosho School District is unsure insurance money will help pay for the new Goodman Elementary School.  On April 4th, 2017, a tornado destroyed the Goodman Elementary school, which is a part of the Neosho School District.  One year later, a groundbreaking was held where a new school will be built.  Officials told us the new, bigger school will cost $10.7 million to build, but there could be some issues when it comes to paying for it. KOAM/FOX 14 asked the distr... More>>

Joplin Man Charged With Raping A Juvenile Video included

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Joplin Police arrest a suspect wanted for first degree statutory rape against a juvenile. According to court documents, 29-year-old Blaine U. Downum of Joplin spent a day with the juvenile female on or around February 25th, 2018. The juvenile later told someone that Downum had performed oral sex on her as well as had sex with her. On April 16th, 2018, authorities found him at Leonard Park (4th and Turk Ave) in Joplin. Officers say they told him he was under arrest and to put hi... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-18 Video included

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GOV. GREITENS INVESTIGATION Missouri's Attorney General releases the findings of an investigation led by his office into the Governor's charity called "The Mission Continues".  Attorney General Josh Hawley on Tuesday said his office has determined charitable resources were used for the governor's political gain.  Hawley says his office found evidence of computer tampering by the governor. GOV. COLYER VISIT Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer visited Riverton High s... More>>

Updated: Quarter Million Dollar Fix Needed for MSSU Taylor Theater Video included

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Two safety issues at MSSU'S Taylor Auditorium will cost an estimated $250 thousand dollars to fix. And are creating frustrations for dance studios which had contracted to use the facility for recitals happening in less than a month.   

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Proposed Development in Webb City Draws Complaints Video included

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If they build it, some residents are afraid of what will come.

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Second Degree Murder Case Dismissed in McDonald County, MO

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The court dismisses a case against a woman accused in the death of a foster child. Attorneys had charged Jessica Newhard with second degree murder in the death of 21-month-old Megan McCuller in McDonald County, MO. In 2001, Newhard lived in Rocky Comfort in McDonald County. She and her husband were given custody of Megan. Newhard's husband was the child's uncle. At the time of Megan's injuries, Newhard was the only one with the girl. According to court documents, Newhard called... More>>

Family of 7-Year-Old Hit By Foul Ball Shares Story

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"I'd expect to see him running past everybody in the mall or Walmart in the next six months," says Alicia Hughes, Dawson's mother. KOAM and FOX 14 speaks with the family of 7-year-old Dawson a day after some good news. Doctors say Dawson will survive his injuries. The incident happened on Friday, April 14th. Nick and Alicia Hughes, along with their kids Delaney and Dawson, decided to attend the MSSU baseball game at Joe Becker. Alicia says, "We hadn't been to a...

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Authorities Find Body of a Texas Man Near Coffeyville, KS

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Authorities say they have found the body of a Texas man in Montgomery County, KS. The family of Cory Barnes reported him missing on Saturday morning after he had not come home. He was a Texas resident but was working in Coffeyville, KS. They said he walked out of a Coffeyville downtown business on Friday night around 10:45 p.m. Montgomery County Deputies and Investigators along with the Coffeyville Police Department and Kansas Wildlife and Parks Officers searched for him on Mond...

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  • New Trees for Joplin

    New Trees for Joplin

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:34:53 GMT

    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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  • Honoring a Hero

    Honoring a Hero

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:27:41 GMT

    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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  • Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:18:27 GMT

    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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  • Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:22:03 GMT
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
  • Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:06:59 GMT

    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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  • Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:42:00 GMT

    "You're outta here."

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    "You're outta here."

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  • NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:55:48 GMT

    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

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    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

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  • PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:22:59 GMT

    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

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    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

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  • Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:16 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:16:25 GMT

    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

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    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

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  • 'A Quiet Place,' 'Rampage' lead newcomers at box office

    'A Quiet Place,' 'Rampage' lead newcomers at box office

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:35 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:35:37 GMT
    (Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures via AP). This image released by Paramount Pictures shows John Krasinski, left, and Noah Jupe in a scene from "A Quiet Place."(Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures via AP). This image released by Paramount Pictures shows John Krasinski, left, and Noah Jupe in a scene from "A Quiet Place."
    "A Quiet Place" and "Rampage" are fighting it out again for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend and easily beating newcomers like Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2.".More >>
    "A Quiet Place" and "Rampage" are fighting it out again for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend and easily beating newcomers like Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2.".More >>
  • Hundreds mourn New Mexico woman killed in Southwest flight

    Hundreds mourn New Mexico woman killed in Southwest flight

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:30:01 GMT
    (Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File). FILE - In this 2017 file photo, Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, N.M., poses for a photo in Albuquerque. Family and friends will gather Sunday, April 22, 2018 to mourn Riordan, an Albuquerque bank ex...(Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File). FILE - In this 2017 file photo, Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, N.M., poses for a photo in Albuquerque. Family and friends will gather Sunday, April 22, 2018 to mourn Riordan, an Albuquerque bank ex...
    An Albuquerque woman who died after an in-flight accident on a Southwest Airlines plane will be remembered at a memorial service.More >>
    An Albuquerque woman who died after an in-flight accident on a Southwest Airlines plane will be remembered at a memorial service.More >>
  • Former students recall 1968 protests that shut down Columbia

    Former students recall 1968 protests that shut down Columbia

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:29 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:29:56 GMT
    Fifty years ago this week, students occupied five buildings at New York's Columbia University and shut down the Ivy League campus in a protest over racism and the Vietnam war.More >>
    Fifty years ago this week, students occupied five buildings at New York's Columbia University and shut down the Ivy League campus in a protest over racism and the Vietnam war.More >>
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